By Jennifer Foley, MAP Editor with excerpts from Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission

Now a donation to the future Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (MLEOM) Monument will go three times as far.

In an effort to get the monument constructed, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law providing up to $2 million in matching funds. The monument will celebrate and honor the lives of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty while serving Michigan residents.

"This monument will memorialize every member of law enforcement who swore to protect and serve Michigan citizens and lost their life in the process," said Kathy Cole, chair of the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission. "I look forward to breaking ground on this important memorial monument that will honor the lives of those brave men and women."

The MLEOM Commission has raised $250,000 so far and the state has contributed their first installment of the 2 to 1 match, adding another $500,000 to the project. With $750,000 raised, the Commission is working to raise another $750,000 to obtain the remainder of the state's match at $1.5 million.

"I'm sure the thinking behind that was that we need $3 million to build the Memorial," said Lin Emmert, vice chairperson of MLEOM Monument Fund Committee. "If we earn $1 million of that, the state will give us $2 million for a total of $3 million."

The memorial site is located within the Michigan Capitol Park, at the corner of Allegan Street and Butler Boulevard, and directly south of the Vietnam Memorial, near the state Capitol building. Tax deductible donations can be made online by credit card at the State of Michigan e-Store donation page for the MLEOM Monument Fund. Offline donations by credit card can be made by calling (517) 241-4083 or checks or money orders can be sent to:

The Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget Financial Services
Cashiering Unit Law Enforcement Memorial
P.O. Box 30681
Lansing, MI 48909-8181